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Birdline Victoria (Australia) is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Victoria is supported by BirdLife Victoria and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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15/12/2018

Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee and The Spit Wildlife Reserve to OBP.release@delwp.vic.gov.au and for all other areas to Chris Purnell at chris.purnell@birdlife.org.au. All Regent Honeyeater reports should be forwarded as soon as possible to Dean Ingwersen (dean.ingwersen@birdlife.com.au or freecall 1800 621 056), including any colour leg band details. It is requested that details of Swift Parrot sightings are forwarded to Chris Timewell (woodlandbirds@birdlife.org.au). Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. We have had so many reports of Koel that we will not be publishing anymore except for confirmed breeding reports.

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highlightHighlightmegamegaMega
December 2018
Mon 17megamegaOriental Pratincole
Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds
Adult roosting in rocks in pond 5.
Jeff Davies 17/12 #236367
Sun 16Lewin's Rail
Deadman Creek - Beechworth
Heard loud advertising 'Kek-Kek-Kek' call coming from a grassy drainage line and dam along Deadman Creek - approx 500m East of the Diffey Road underpass along the Rail Trail. Waited to hear call repeated again to confirm it was not a frog. Over 200mm rain fell locally in the last few days and the broader landscape is saturated - possibly some displacement of species to higher elevations in the catchment. eBird checklist
Dan Pendavingh 16/12 #236363
Terek Sandpiper
Stockyard Point
5 individuals seen feeding along the point at 12:30pm
Nick Goode 16/12 #236359
Sat 15highlightSoft-plumaged Petrel
Port Fairy Pelagic
Some pretty rough and overcast conditions throughout day. Not a huge variety but interesting bunch of birds. Highlight was a Soft-plumaged Petrel that circled boat several times, allowing for good views. Bit of a rarity in Vic waters. Good number of White-chinned Petrel [20-30], several Sooty Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater and at least 1 possibly 2 Northern Royal Albatross. eBird checklist
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, Neil Macumber [all aboard Southern Explorer] 16/12 #236360
Fri 14Black Kite
Lancefield Golf Club
Single bird flew in from the south-west (direction of Mount Macedon) then headed off north without stopping. Cockies and magpies were making a racket but didn't mob it. First one I've seen here in the 5 years I've lived in the area.
Peter Houston 14/12 #236346
Thu 13Eastern Koel
Diamond Creek
Heard call for about 15 minutes just before dawn. Location was probably in tall trees near escarpment adjacent to football ground.
Terry Jones 14/12 #236338
Pacific Koel
Benalla
Calling from trees in Maud St. from 8pm. Stopped with the onset of a storm at dusk. Never sighted
Bill Morecraft 13/12 #236337
Eastern Reef Egret
Croajingolong National Park--Secret Beach
Two dark morphs roosting on the large rock outcrop at the western end of the beach. Also 2 sea eagles and one lone hoodie. eBird checklist
Terry Gourley 13/12 #236336
Wed 12Figbird, Grey Goshawk
Mallacoota
At least 3 figbirds in the main street central car park. Grey Goshawk (white morph) over Karbeethong Ave.
Terry Gourley 12/12 #236327
White-throated Needletail
South of Duncans Rd Nicholson
At least 15 birds. Difficult to count due to random flight above canopy.Very heavy conditions, thunderstorms developing.
Roger and Carolyn Bilney 12/12 #236326
Tue 11Koel
Ascot Vale
We have been hearing a koel calling near our property since late afternoon
Wendy Millar 11/12 #236322
Cockatiels
Wilby ,private property
Early this morning I herd cockatiels calling each other around my dam, I counted 16 having a bath and a drink.
Brendan Toll 11/12 #236320
Mon 10highlightGull-billed Tern (Asian-breeding ssp. affinis)
Stockyard Point
At least four, possibly five (birds moved around several times, and were packed fairly close together, so hard to separate and keep track of), Asian Gull-billed Terns observed amongst a roost of over 150 Australian Gull-billed Terns at Stockyard Point going in to a late afternoon high tide. eBird checklist
Leigh Pieterse, James Cornelius, David Adam 10/12 #236316
Sun 9Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Wongarra
Large flocks feeding on flowering gums.
Ian and Ann Hamilton 13/12 #236335
highlightAustralian Figbird, King Quail
Mallacoota
We saw 4 Australian Figbirds along the road to Bastion Point in Mallacoota. We also flushed a female King Quail on the heath at Shipwreck Creek while looking, unsuccessfully, for Ground Parrots. There were quite a few Southern Emuwrens there, though.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 11/12 #236317
Spotted Harrier
Ballarat Avenue of Honour Overpass (Remembrance Drive)
2 Spotted Harriers (Circus assimillis) near Ballarat Avenue of Honor Overpass around 5:40 pm.
Alek Kwiatkowski 9/12 #236311
Sat 8Brush Cuckoo, Powerful Owl
Cann River
We heard a Brush Cuckoo on the west bank of the Cann River in the township and, later in the evening, heard a Powerful Owl calling in the same area.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 11/12 #236318
Grey Goshawk (White Morph), Peregrine Falcon, Sacred Kingfisher
Dandenong Ranges National Park--Doongalla
At the pony club.
Karen Collard,Elaine Miller,Dom D'Argenio, Des Palmer 8/12 #236301
Fri 7Square-tailed Kite
Bruthen - Nowa Nowa Road
One Square-tailed Kite flying along the highway about 10 km east of Bruthen.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 11/12 #236319
Banded Lapwing
Cullens Lake Wildlife Reserve
About 60 Banded Lapwing flew in at around 10 am this morning.
Bernadette Haywood 7/12 #236296
Crimson Chat
Wyperfeld North National Park
Single female seen and given positive id, by visiting Tasmanian Birders and myself. Images taken by all 3 present. Thanks for sharing such an exciting recording Peter Vaughan and Andie.
Jenny Stephens 7/12 #236294
Pacific Swift
Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve
Two separate groups (3 & 10); over the eastern side of Swan Bay in gusty northerly winds. Seems to be a fairly regular location for this species as they move ahead of oncoming fronts. An unusually early summer record, typically encountered in late summer. eBird checklist
Isaac Clarey 7/12 #236293
Thu 6Pacific Koel
McConnell Close, Anglesea
Heard calling in late afternoon, went to investigate and found a male bird in a dense gum near number 12, with Red Wattlebirds nearby.
Simon Starr 6/12 #236292
Pacific Koel
Hensley Park, about 15 km north of Hamilton
Calling for about 5 minutes at 4.00am
Rob Drummond 6/12 #236291
highlightFreckled Duck
Bald Hills Reserve
At least 8 Freckled Ducks on the lake, also Leaden Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail and many other species of ducks and honeyeaters.
Deb Crosby 6/12 #236290
Satin Bowerbird
Liverpool Road The Basin
Female. First sighting of this bird in 32 years here. I know they are in the Dandenongs but not in open land at "ground level".
Alf Forbes 6/12 #236288
Wed 5highlightRed-backed Kingfisher
South of Duncans Rd Nicholson
2 birds observed high in dead limbs, called several times. Observed in full sunlight as they flew in a northerly direction.
Roger and Carolyn Bilney 5/12 #236283
Tue 4highlightBlack Honeyeater
Morack Golf Course
Two female-type birds feeding in tall flowering gum. Seen well. Very small, grey brown above, buff-cream below. Distinctly de-curved bill. Relatively short tail. eBird checklist
Rohan Clarke per Birdline Victoria Facebook 5/12 #236282
Sun 2highlightSquare-tailed Kite
You Yangs Regional Park
Gliding, harrier-like with upswept wings over trees near main entrance. Familiar with this species and have seen it in this location before. Seen at 1030 am on 2 Dec
Martin Maderthaner 3/12 #236267
Diamond Firetail
Enfield State Park--Surface Loop Picnic Area
A single bird seen repeatedly carrying grass. This is the first one I have seen here as they are extremely uncommon in the Enfield forest. It was also observed feeding on the ground between the car park and the bridge and along the roadside near the bridge.
Indra Bone 2/12 #236264
Black Falcon
Napoleons
Warn plumage bird seen consistently at the same location for a week. Also see a few months back. Behaving characteristically swooping flocks of starlings and red rumped parrots. Uncommon in the area.
Indra Bone 2/12 #236263
Sat 1Little Lorikeet
Beaumaris
The Musk Lorikeets had arrived back in force the week previously and had thought I heard the occasional Little Lorikeet amongst them but today a tight flock six Littles flew overhead- normally an infrequent visitor to Beaumaris in ones or twos.
Sean Dooley 3/12 #236270
Square-tailed Kites
Shepherds Flat
Two Square-tailed Kites observed gliding across tree tops at about 730pm, on a windy warm evening. Great low views of both for about 5 minutes. They were being chased by Little Ravens.
Nina Tsilikas and Giles Daubeney 2/12 #236255

November 2018
Thu 29Eastern Koel
Frankston South
Female - first time I have seen a female Koel in this area. Heard distinctive keeking and upon investigation observed a female being chased by Red Wattlebirds. Male Koel has been visiting for 4 years. eBird checklist
Tanya Hattingh 29/11 #236241
Wed 28Black-faced Monarch
FranklinRiver,Foster Mt Best Rd. Wonga
Heard then saw Black-faced Monarch along Franklin River, near Bridge on Foster Mt Best Road. This is a first South Gippsland sighting for me. Extra: My garden-resident Buff Banded Rails have hatched 5 healthy young this year,now almost 4 weeks old.
Elaine Smith 28/11 #236238
Tue 27White-throated Needletail
Birremathool, Bailieston (restricted access)
In very humid conditions just prior to a thunderstorm and at least 8 hours of steady rain first 5 needletails and then 2 more passed overhead heading south. eBird checklist
Margaret and Richard Alcorn 30/11 #236246
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Greensborough College, Watsonia
2 adults in Nepean St carpark late this afternoon eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 27/11 #236236
Cape Barren Goose
Coolart Rd Somerville
Seven birds seen in paddocks along Coolart Rd
S King 27/11 #236234
highlightBlack Honeyeater
Bruce St Colac
There were at least 2 Black Honeyeaters at the end of Bruce St Colac. This is the first time in over 25 years Birding that I have seen them in the Colac District. Thanks to Adam Fry for the heads up on this one. A poor ID shot attached.
Ian Davies, Adam and Tori Fry 27/11 #236228
Sun 25Orange chat
Pine Lake--Chalky Point
Followed previous report of the birds to find at least 16 possibly more. Also observed were a cover of brown quail and many stubble as well
Indra Bone 27/11 #236231
Eastern Koel
Gipps Street Collingwood
Eastern Koel heard calling from large plane trees, corner of Gipps Street and Rupert. Never heard one call this close to CBD.
Robert Ward 25/11 #236217
Fairy Tern
Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park--Toora Beach
8 Fairy Terns feeding close to shore on a falling tide at 5pm this arvo along with 100s of various waders.
Rohan Bugg 25/11 #236215
Sat 24Olive-backed oriole
Yarra Bend Park--Dights Falls
1 olive-backed oriole heard (but not seen) calling from the trees next to the bottom of the ramp that leads down from the Trennery Crescent carpark at Dights Falls. Orioles are often seen further up river along the Yarra but this is the first time I've come across one at Dights Falls after nearly a decade of living in the area.
Harry Saddler 26/11 #236219
Sanderling
Ricketts Pt, Beaumaris
Single bird briefly resting on rocks. My first sighting of this species in Bayside. Bird larger than Red-necked Stint, hind toe absent.
Val Stajsic 24/11 #236208
Black Falcon
Kurrajong Crescent Melton South
Unusual to see a very vocal bird moving down the suburban street progressively, stopping and backing up to return to a telegraph pole for a minute before moving on.
Micah Kawalek 24/11 #236204
highlightOrange Chat
Pine Lake--Chalky Point
At least 5 birds, 3 males, 2 females.
Angus Schmidt 24/11 #236203
Caspian Tern
Little Desert National Park
Strange to see this species above open heathland.
Indra Bone 24/11 #236202
Fri 23Arctic Jaeger
Great Otway National Park--Johanna
Very stormy conditions. It flew off as I walked away
mark lethlean 25/11 #236214
Thu 22White Winged Triller
Elsternwick Park, Brighton
Heard an unusual bush bird call for my local area this morning on my regular dog walk and went to check it out. To my surprise there was a male white winged triller in the gum trees near the skate park. Seen plenty of these in Central Victoria but never in suburbia.
Adrian Dubar 22/11 #236195
Tue 20Brush bronzewing
Napoleons
Seen in same site as 6 months ago at the side of 9 mile road but this time it was photographed with iPhone. The bird seems to be reliable now as it sits on the roadside there frequently. There are very few other reports of them in the Enfield area so this was a good surprise.
Indra Bone 20/11 #236178
Mon 19Bush Stone-curlew
Earlston
2 birds on edge of our property as I drove out this morning. Great way to start the working week!
Doug Robinson 19/11 #236172
Eastern Koel
Foster
At 6.30 this morning the Koel was calling from Kafir Hill behind the main street shops.It is the first time that I have heard a Koel call in 16 years of living in the district.
Rohan Bugg 19/11 #236170
Sun 18Grey-crowned Babbler
Lake Numurkah
Three birds, including one juvenile, observed in planted Red Gum and melaleuca sp between the lake and the creek. Significant sighting for this area.
Gary and Lisa Deayton 19/11 #236169
Eastern Ground Parrot
Cape Conran Coastal Park
On Yeerung River Heathland walk today looking for Emu Wrens we flushed an Eastern Ground Parrot & had a good view of bird but no photos
Gary & Judy Smith 18/11 #236156
Eastern Koel
Kingsley Road Reservoir
Eastern Koel heard calling from a street tree at 7:45am (near Gilbert Rd)
Andrea Canzano 18/11 #236150
Sanderling
Sandy Point (Neds Lookout) Sth Gippsland
Aprox 200+ Sanderlings feeding Nth of Neds Lookout.
Rohan Bugg 18/11 #236149
Sat 17Eastern koel
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)
An Eastern koel was calling for several hours this morning in the Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, near Gate C.
Harry Clarke 17/11 #236142
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